We’ve all heard about doing things right the first time, but what if it doesn’t turn out right the first time? In my case, more often than not things don’t turn out right the first time – even with all my best efforts. Nor the second. Nor the third. Usually, it takes a whole lot of tries to get it right. The question is, will I stick with it until it’s right?
Right now I’m struggling with that very question. I’ve been working for weeks on getting my ebook of Runaway ready. I thought it would be so easy, but I’ve found that converting the document to the proper format is anything but. My goal is to have an electronic version that is just as well formatted as my print version, but I keep finding myself wondering if all the hours and effort is worth it. Is it worth it?
I think so.
I’m glad that Thomas Edison decided to keep at it after thousands of attempts to create a viable light bulb. I’m glad the American military didn’t give up after a horrible start to their invasion of Normandy in World War II. I’m glad MLK Jr kept to his philosophy of non-violent protest even when it led to imprisonment and many hardships. I’m glad Abraham Lincoln continued running for office even after many losses.
I’m glad for all the people who persevered in spite of all sorts of setbacks, obstacles, and hardships. Because of them my life is better. I want to be that kind of person. So now, I’m going back to work on Runaway for Kindle and I’m not going to stop until it’s right the last time.